Tropical Gardening: Hawaiian paradise almost perfect, but be aware of dangers

Angel trumpets, oleander and many other popular garden plants are beautiful but are poisonous if ingested. Enjoy them for their beauty and fragrance but just be aware and treat them with respect. (Voltaire Moise/courtesy photo)

Our islands have few dangers except for rare volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and hurricanes. Excessive exposure to the sun can be dangerous, and carelessness can cause accidents while hiking in the mountains or swimming in the ocean. Although there are few poisonous native plants, some common exotic landscape plants are toxic such as oleander, crotons and angel trumpets. Some people can experience skin reactions like exposure to poison ivy from cashew and mango trees.